The New Zealand government recently announced that patients admitted to the hospital for severe Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases can be euthanized, in accordance with the nation’s End of Life Choice Act (ELOC Act).
In conducting euthanasia, doctors will receive a government fee of $1,000 plus expenses for each person that they euthanize.
The ELOC Act 2019 is considered to be one of the most extreme euthanasia laws in the world with easily circumventable safeguards. A professor of palliative medicine in the U.K., Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, said that New Zealand’s euthanasia law contradicts the fundamental purpose of medicine to heal the sick. “It is bizarre that a country which has been trying to protect [its] citizens by closing down completely from a virus from which people can fully recover … is now suggesting that these patients should be killed by their doctors. It turns the ethos of medicine on its head,” she said.New Zealand PAYS doctors to euthanize COVID-19 patients – Dr. Eddy Bettermann MD